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Patti LaBelle Raises Diabetes Awareness

by Pete Allman, Celebrity Scene News, December 15th, 2007

The topic of health has ever endured in our society. One health condition that concerns many Americans is diabetes. Some ethnic groups are more at risk. For one, African-Americans are nearly twice as likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites of a similar age groups, according to the National Diabetes Education Program.

Patti Labelle, the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, knows first hand about the how risky neglecting you health can be. The grand diva, while performing to sold-out concert, collapsed on stage a few years ago and was later diagnosed with diabetes.

I was scared to go to the doctor because I was so afraid of what Id find. Once I got there, with my family history, Ill tell you I had a lot of fear and for good reason. But thats one reason Im so happy Im a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, because in that capacity, I can make a difference for Black people, she said, adding that she brings greater awareness. As a race, I think we are afraid of hearing bad news. Plus, we just think were invincible.

Warning signs to look for that may indicate diabetes are: frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurring vision.

Anyone diagnosed with diabetes should check his or her blood levels throughout the day, everyday; eat healthy, discontinue fried foods in the diet, and do some sort of exercise. Like Patti LaBelle, be watchful, realistic and focused on life to live longer.

Pete Allman is a Las Vegas-based commentator, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He also produces inspirational messages for television and other media.